Women’s Center March Schedule of Events

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In celebration of Women’s History Month and its 40th birthday, the MSU Women’s Center is hosting a series of fun events to invite, involve and inspire women.

March 14, 6 to 9 p.m.: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Film & Discussion in the Multicultural Center hosted by Black Motivated Women

March 19, 11 a.m. to noon & noon to 1 p.m.: Women’s Careers in the Military in CSU 201

March 19, 4 to 5 p.m.: “The Hate U Give” book discussion in CSU 218

March 20, 4:30 to 6 p.m.: Writing Herstory in CSU 253/4/5

March 21, 4 to 6 p.m.: International Women’s Day #balanceforbetter co-hosted by Women of Action Council and the International Student Association, location: Ostrander Auditorium

March 21, 6 to 7 p.m.: Empowering Women in STEM, location: Trafton East 225

March 25, 5 to 7 p.m.: Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland co-sponsored by Black Motivated Women and the Women’s Center, location: CSU 218

March 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Feminist Feast: Black Feminism in CSU 253/4/5

Additional information on the events can be found by visiting the Women’s Center’s Facebook Page.

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28 Days of Honoring Black Excellence

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by ABIGAIL SKAALERUD, CSU Public Relations Intern

For over ninety-three years now, Black History Month has been a major marker for the month of February. It is a month of remembering and honoring significant achievements and contributions made by African-Americans throughout history.

This year we decided to honor Black Americans by spotlighting two people on social media every day during the month of February. From Rosa Parks, an American activist in the civil rights movement, best known for the Montgomery Bus Boycott; all the way to Frederick Douglass, who was one of the first African-American NFL players in 1920, as well as the first African-American head coach in the NFL.

Besides social media being a platform to share the significance of Black History Month, our famous Tunesday in the CSU has been highlighting Black Americans such as Minnesota native, Prince, and others such as Beyonce and Michael Jackson. We have also been honoring the successes of Black Americans throughout the CSU on the big screens slideshow.

February will always be a month of honoring what Black Americans have done to better the United States, and that will be something to remember as long as time goes on.

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Dreaming of Wakanda: MSU Welcomes Back Pan African Conference

by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant

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The 43rd Dr. Michael T. Faign Pan African Conference will give MSU Mankato an immersive experience in African culture and will provide leadership opportunities for Black students.

According to the event’s official website, the Pan African Conference “will imagine new possibilities for economic justice, emancipatory education, and political solidarity. Inspired by the imaginary city featured in the film Black Panther, we will consider pan Africanism as a political project for healing, sustaining and loving ourselves. We invite secondary, post-secondary and community leaders to join us for this year’s conference as we proclaim “We are Wakanda!” to celebrate our diversity!”

The three-day event begins Wednesday, Feb. 27 and wraps up Friday, March 1. Events occur daily and include keynote speakers, breakout sessions, movie screenings, a career and internship fair, a game night, a royalty competition, food and much more.

Dr. Michael T. Faign and Keynote Speakers

The conference’s namesake, Dr. Michael T. Faign, highlights the prestigious list of keynote speakers.

“Dr. Faign is an emeritus professor and Pan African Leader who has served and been a member of the MSU community for over 45 years. Dr. Faign, a Detroit, Mich., native has served the institution in several roles including professor of African American studies, creator and chair of the ethnic studies program, associate professor for cultural diversity and several other rules,” the event’s website said.

The conference was named in Dr. Faign’s honor in 2010 to celebrate his many contributions to the university.

Additional keynotes include Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Ericka Huggins, Derrick Smith, Phillip Agnew and Leslie Redmond. Information about each of them can be found on the conference website.

Royalty Competition

The royalty competition will highlight young MSU scholars who are committed to developing their leadership skills, their education and the community. They will be scored on judged across a variety of events including a fashion show, questionnaire, talent show as well as their dedication to their culture and heritage through advocacy, ideas on social justice and advocacy for change for Africans on local, national and international scales.

The website notes the competition is not a popularity contest, “Royalty will be screened and selected based on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate academic performance, curricular and co-curricular involvement and contributions and passion to their University and community.”

Notable Events

Students, faculty and staff are all welcome to attend various events during the conference. Major events include Game Night Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in CSU 245 and the Royalty Competition & Fashion Showcase Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom. The conference is screening Marvel’s Black Panther immediately following the Royalty Competition. A full schedule of events can be found here.

Anyone seeking more information about the conference is encouraged to visit the event’s website, or to contact any of the three conference co-chairs: Kenneth Reid (kenneth.reid@mnsu.edu), Dr. Agnes Odinga-Oluoch (agnes.odinga-oluoch@mnsu.edu) or Dr. Shannon Miller (shannon.miller@mnsu.edu). Registration, which is required for all attendees, can be found here.

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Faculty Spotlight: Entrepreneurial Spirit Inspires COB Professor Shane Bowyer

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by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant

Shane Bowyer, MSU Management professor, feeds off of his entrepreneurial spirit and his passion for teaching.

Bowyer is a favorite professor of many students who’ve had him, but what does his life look like outside the craziness of the classroom? The inSIDER’s February Faculty Spotlight sheds more light on life outside the classroom.

Bowyer’s roots at MSU began in 1976 when both of his parents started working at the university. His dad was the baseball coach at MSU, a role he occupied for the next 34 years, helping the team to several milestones during his tenure. His mother worked in the Student Senate office.

He got his Bachelor’s Degree as a Maverick in 1991, then stayed another three years before earning his master’s in 1994. Bowyer wasn’t done there as he continued on to do more graduate work at Indiana State and then went on to receive his doctorate from Saint Mary’s.

Bowyer left MSU a few times after graduating with his master’s: first to coach baseball at two other universities, then, after returning to campus to teach for 12 years, he went to Bethany for five years. He has since returned and has remained anchored as a Maverick for the last four years.

Bowyer teaches several classes at MSU, but his favorite is classes are those involved with the Integrated Business Experience (IBE) program. In addition to teaching classes within the IBE program, Bowyer says one of his favorite parts of being a professor is seeing his students succeed.

“I love being around the students and seeing them get jobs.”

Shane Bowyer, Ed.D, Associate Professor of Management at Minnesota State

Bowyer does a lot more than just teach, too. He is involved with the Ag Today Club; a learning community; and Delta Sigma Pi, a business-based academic fraternity.

Outside of MSU, Bowyer enjoys running, boating, hunting and traveling with his family, which consists of his wife and two children. His wife, Laura, who is also an MSU graduate, teaches accounting at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. The Bowyer’s son, Austin, is a junior at Baylor University studying accounting. Their daughter, Gabrielle, is a freshman at Augustana University in St. Paul. She is also an accounting major, which Bowyer notes chuckling is, “Laura’s influence. Not mine!”

In addition to being a professor, mentor, father, husband and coach, Bowyer is also a successful businessman. He has started three accomplished business in his lifetime and attributes that success to his “entrepreneurial spirit.”

7 Questions with Shane Bowyer

  1. If you could only describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
    • Coach
  2. What’s your favorite band and/or type of music?
    • Bruce Springsteen and anything on KTIS
  3. What’s your favorite holiday?
    • Christmas
  4. What would you do if you won the lottery?
    • I would create a foundation to help others — but of course after I buy a few things!
  5. If you could make one rule for everyone to follow, what would it be?
    • The Golden Rule – everyone has to treat others as they wish to be treated
  6. Who inspires you to be better?
    • My parents and all of the students
  7. What message of advice would you give to your students?
    • Get involved, explore, work hard and focus on learning, not the grade.

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Fine-Tune Your Resume

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by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

Are you struggling with what needs to go on your resume? Or even how to make a good first impression using your resume? The Career Development Center has resources and Career Advisors who can assist students on how to format resumes and walk them through on what key information you should highlight.

Mai Xee Vang, a Career Advisor from the Career Development Center says, “Having a properly formatted resume is one of the best things any student can do to advance themselves. Resumes are about selling yourself and here at the CDC, we have the resources to help students do that. A resume that helps a student stand out will help in any job they apply for.”

Here are some tips to help get started on a resume.

Be positive. Be honest. Stick to the facts.
• Avoid abbreviations.
• Appearance is important. Do not clutter your page. Generally, 0.5” – 1” margins are used. Use bold print and capital letters to emphasize important items.
• Don’t forget your name, address, phone and e-mail address. Be sure your e-mail address is professional sounding (i.e. alexbaumann9@gmail.com vs. vikingsfan99@hotmail.com!)
• Personal information such as age, marital status, height, weight should NOT be included on your resume.
• Do not include reference names, addresses, or phone numbers on your resume. List these on a separate sheet.
• Read the job description thoroughly and talk with people in the field to understand what the employer is looking for. Create a resume that highlights how you meet these qualifications.
• Create a master resume that includes everything you have ever done for record purposes. Then create a tailored resume simply by cutting and pasting information back in that is relevant to the specific position you are applying to.

For more tips on how on formatting resume from the Career Development Center job search handbook, click here.

Students have the option to set up a one to one meeting with a Career Advisor or they could stop in during Quick Stop hours from 12 P.M. – 3 P.M. Monday through Thursday every week to have their resume reviewed.

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Celebrating 150 Years of MSU: What It Means for You!

Minnesota State is set to celebrate a major milestone in 2018 as it will celebrate its 150th birthday.

“It’s a huge milestone for our institution,” Paul Hustoles, chair of the 150th observance, said. “It gives us an opportunity to really look at our past and an opportunity to think about the next 150 years. It’s not every day you get to celebrate your 150th birthday.”

Founded on Oct. 7, 1868, MSU is Minnesota’s third oldest university behind Winona State University (1858) and the University of Minnesota (1851). MSU has been celebrating over the last year and it will cap off the celebrations with homecoming and a few other events in the coming weeks.

“We have had more than 150 events during the past year, including this past summer,” Hustoles said. “We are just coming into our ‘grand finale week.'”

The full schedule of events for the 150th Celebration Week, courtesy of Paul Hustoles.

Celebration events include the “Stomping Through the Decades” Homecoming Parade, several presentations, dedications to MSU buildings, speakers and more. Saturday, Oct. 6 marks the finale of the celebration and will be the Birthday Bash party in the CSU.

“We are taking over the CSU and it should be a great time,” Hustoles said. “Of course we will have cake and ice cream, but also fun and games, a variety show, a big dance and an amazing laser show projected onto to the CSU.”

Hustoles said the event is free to “every member of our MSU community” and more details regarding the event should be available soon. He also stressed the importance of celebrating the university’s milestone.

“Current students will forever be part of our history. [There’s] no time like the present to celebrate our collective past and our anticipated future,” he said.

For more information about MSU’s 150th Observance, please contact Paul Hustoles at paul.hustoles@mnsu.edu or visit www.mnsu.edu/150/.

MavCONNECT

By: Morgan Stolpa

MavCONNECT is a tool for student, faculty and advisor success.

What is MavCONNECT?

Minnesota State University, Mankato, selected a suite of advising tools, MavCONNECT by Starfish® Enterprise Success Platform™ to integrate our Student Information System (ISRS) to deliver advising notes, MavCares early alerts, Midterm Reports (MTRs), and online scheduling of advising appointments. MavCONNECT will create a specific role and a relationship between students, faculty, and advisors.

How can I use it to help my students?

  • Submit early alert and midterm reports
  • Send motivating messages of support (kudos) to students that are participating, improving, or showing good effort
  • Raise flags in the system at any point in the semester if you have concerns about a student’s progress
  • List office hours in MavCONNECT

MavCONNECT and Advising:

If you serve as an assigned advisor for students, MavCONNECT can be used to:

  • Allow students to self-schedule appointments during office hours you make available in the system
  • Learn at a glance which of your advisees may need additional help
  • Send emails to all or a select group of your advisees
  • Document and track your interactions in a secure, central location

If you’re interested in learning more about MavCONNECT, additional resources and training schedules are listed at www.mnsu.edu/mavconnect.

Faculty Spotlight

by: Morgan Stolpa

Carol Glasser, an assistant professor of Sociology within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, creates opportunities on-campus.      

Glasser, who likes to run and tries to do at least one half-marathon every year, said her two favorite things are teaching and research.

“My favorite part of this job is when I get to do research with students. I get to do this in lots of ways here—in the classroom setting, advising master’s students on their thesis projects, and working with undergraduates on independent studies,” she said.

Glasser came to Minnesota State University, Mankato, because “the sociology program is so cool.” There are two things she gets to do here that many Universities would not support. First, she specializes in applied and public sociology, meaning that she is committed to doing research driven by social justice and this can directly benefit the community.

In addition to applied and public sociology Glasser also studies animals. Many sociology programs don’t offer any classes on this, but when Glasser interviewed here she was encouraged to create an Animals and Society course. She has now been teaching this course for three years, and even started a Human-Animal Studies minor.

Besides the classroom, Glasser is the Director of Kessel Peace Institute at MNSU. This organization is dedicated to advancing the understanding and the existence of peace at all levels, from the individual to the global community. Tune in next week to hear her opinion on Holocaust awareness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07Y4_6PD0Z4

 

12 Questions with Carol Glasser.

What is your spirit animal?

“I can’t pick just one spirit animal. As someone who studies the human-animal relationship and is committed to social justice, the plight of all animals, human and nonhuman, moves me. I also think there is something inspirational and worth emulating in every species. But if you asked people who know me well what my spirit animal is, they would guess a rabbit.”

What word describes you best? 

“Committed.”

What three items would you want if you were stranded on an island? 

“Vegetable seeds, a book on how to grow vegetables, and a very long book.”

Do you know any other languages other than English? 

“Unfortunately, no.”

Favorite band or type of music? 

“I don’t actually listen to much music but I enjoy almost anything live.”

What’s your favorite animal and the animal you are most scared of? 

“I am not sure I can answer this, as you can see in Question #1 I have a hard time answering animal-related questions simply!”

Who inspires you to be better? 

“My dad’s approach to life inspires me to be better. He wakes up each day and approaches the daily routines of life (like working out, going to work, doing chores) with excitement and appreciation. He also gets a lot of joy from small things, like a walk, or talking on the phone to a friend. I am always striving to be more content in my daily life like he is, which often means pushing myself to be a better person so that I am happy with how I live my life. He also inspires me to be better because he is a dad and does awesome dad things to motivate me—like cheering me on at the finish line when I run a race or telling me he is proud when I accomplish new goals.”

What is your favorite movie series? 

“I honestly do not have one. I prefer to binge watch TV series over watching movies. As for favorite TV series, I could watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Fireflyare at the top.”

Favorite holiday? 

“My birthday. (Is that a holiday?)”

If you could make on rule that everyone had to follow, what would you make?

“I am very committed to animal rights as well as peace and anti-war activism. One rule that would help end animal abuse and war would be: Do not kill anyone (No matter what their species is).”

What would be your first move after winning the Minnesota lottery? 

“I would drive straight to the state office to turn in the ticket and call my financial adviser on the way.”

What’s your favorite course to teach? 

“Sociology in Action is my favorite course to teach. This is a course for sociology majors in applied and public sociology that I teach every spring. Each semester the class works on a different social justice issue; students design and conduct research projects that directly help organizations deal with that issue. Last year our class researched the issue of food insecurity and hunger on the Minnesota State Mankato campus so we could help the university find better ways to help students access healthy and affordable food.”

 

 

New Student Government President Plans Improvement

Inauguration of New Student Government is April 18

By BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Intern

Minnesota State University had one of its highest voter turnouts ever in the recent Student Government election that seated Mavericks United’s MeMe Cronin as the new President with 54 percent of the 1,762 votes.

Cronin and her Vice President, Katelynn Ogunfolami, campaigned to understand and address student needs if elected.

“We were tabling in different locations, meeting with RSOs, taking to students in classes, promoting through social media and poster, making buttons and even baking cookies,” Cronin said. “It was a lot of work, but luckily Katelynn and I were able to keep each other accountable.”

As a Student Senator, Cronin said she decided to run for President after seeing things that could be improved.

“I see a lot of issues on campus that I want to address. When Katelynn and I came together, both of us formed a vision of what we wanted to accomplish next year and I knew the two of us could be the people to actually create that change,” she said.

Though Cronin expects new experiences as President, it won’t change who she is.

“I don’t think I will necessarily have to change the way I act or carry myself. There will definitely be new pressures I’ll face, like having to aid the senators and being a main point of contact for student government,” she said. “But I will definitely hold every senator responsible to the same standards I do for myself. Each of us that were elected were motivated to be the voice for their constituency, so we need to do our students that justice.”

Cronin said her primary goal as Student Government President will continue to listen to student concerns and seek ways to address them. She wants her senators to do the same.

“I want all the students of MNSU to know that Katelynn and I, as well as all of the newly elected senators are motivated to aid our students ,” she said. “Katelynn and I are always open and willing to hear any concern from any student on campus.”

Inauguration of the 2018-19 Student Government will be Wednesday, April 18, at 5 p.m. in the CSU Hearth Lounge. Student Government meets Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in Nickerson Conference Room in the Centennial Student Union. For more information about Student Government, visit www.mnsu.edu/mssa

57-Year History: Traditions Old and New Help Greek Community Flourish

by REED CARR, CSU Public Relations Intern

Marie Bruce, “The First Lady of Mankato State”

Despite periods of unrest and uncertainty, Fraternity and Society Life at Minnesota State Mankato continues to evolve and preserve values as new generations take the baton.

To propel the Greek community and their initiatives into the future, members are resurrecting traditions from the past.

Mavathon, a fun-filled day of dance, games and food, was revived in 2011 after an 8-year hiatus and has been held annually ever since raising over $100,000 in charity for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.

This year was state record-breaking with around $30,000 raised.

“The students at MSU, Mankato are making an investment in the children treated at Gillette, because often times they have to be seen throughout their lifetimes,” said Becky DeRosia, Development Associate for Gillette in Our Chapter: Celebrating 50 years of Leadership, Scholarship, Service and Friendship by Ashley Portra. “MSU, Mankato has not only brought back a tradition on their campus but is also giving the children at Gillette a brighter future.”

‘MSU, Mankato has not only brought back a tradition on their campus but is also giving the children at Gillette a brighter future.’

– Becky DeRosia, Gillette Children’s Speciality Healthcare

Charity events like Mavathon have been crucial to Greek societies’ success and purpose. The 50-year anniversary of Greek life at MSU was monumental because it showed that persistence in fellowship and camaraderie can keep a dream alive even through a rough patch.

With the majority of young people in the 1960s and ’70s opposed to the Vietnam War, a wall was built between some of the nation’s youth and their pro-war elders. Political movements and disagreement between students and administration during the 1970s nearly brought an end to MSU’s Greek Life as we know it today. Club members weren’t displaying their letters and mostly operated behind the scenes. With time things began to recuperate and the growth is still ongoing.

“When arriving on campus in 2007, I did not know there were fraternities and sororities,” said Erik Heller, Lambda Chi Alpha alumnus in Our Chapter: Celebrating 50 years. “Now it’s hard to go around campus without seeing Greek letters, members, events, or posters.”

On its 50th birthday in 2011, the Greek community reached 400 members for the first time with help from John Bulcock, assistant director of Student Activities for Greek Life and Off-Campus Housing. His contribution has helped to boost community size and enthusiasm with members and non-members. Bulcock’s success in growing Greek interest parallels one of his predecessors—Marie Bruce.

Bruce, “The First Lady of Mankato State,” acted as the main driving force behind Greek development and pride at MSU. As Dean of Women, she worked to gain accreditation from the American Association of University Women and established a strong interest in Greek life on campus with help from Dr. Margaret Preska and Dr. Clarence Crawford.

“In 1957, 13 men founded Alpha Beta Mu, the first social fraternity on the Mankato State College campus, under the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, service, and development of leadership and social qualities,” Portra writes in Our Chapter: Celebrating 50 years. “Originally students and administration opposed officially recognizing the group as an organization however because of their persistence and interest in community service, Alpha Beta Mu was granted recognition as MSC’s first local fraternity on campus by the Student Senate on February 4, 1959.”

Bruce’s vision for a more cohesive campus and Alpha Beta Mu’s determination to be recognized as an accredited entity paved the road for a total of 10 nationally recognized fraternities and sororities at MSU today. Tens of thousands of Mankato brothers and sisters have had the opportunity to develop leadership, friendship, scholarship and service skills with help from their peers and alums.

As Bruce said, “to be Greek is to be involved and to learn the necessity of cooperation.”